This is a 2002 built Les Paul LPR-8 1958 Historic Reissue from the Gibson Custom Shop. Part of the current Historic series of instruments and featuring both a Vintage Original Spec (VOS) finish and the updated plastics Gibson introduced a couple years prior, this R8 Les Paul has a heavily figured Amber Quilt top, highlighting the dimensional ripples of flame across the carved, bookmatched maple. Much more highly figured than many R8 tops, this guitar comes closer in spec to an R9 in that regard, and has tone to match.
Carved figured maple top
Solid, non-weight relieved single piece mahogany back
Single-ply cream top binding
Thin toggle switch washer and jack plate
Lightweight aluminium tail-piece
One piece Mahogany neck with long neck tenon
22-fret Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays
1958 rounded neck profile
Vintage tulip tuners
Vintage Bumblebee capacitors
Weight is 9.3 lbs
This Les Paul plays as good as it looks. The early ‘50s rounded neck profile has a full-in-hand feel which will be right at home with players who like a chunky neck. The pickups sound great in all positions, with a rich complexity and quality tone at all volume levels.
The Amber Quilt looks delightful, especially matched with the natural one piece mahogany back.
All the appointments are vintage original spec, right down to the colour of the plastics, nickel hardware finish and control wiring.
This guitar is in excellent condition overall. It shows some light buckle rash on the back, but the top is super clean, as is the neck. There is some natural light tarnishing of the metal, which we think adds to the vintage vibe of this guitar. The frets show no wear, the neck is large but comfortable and plays beautifully in all positions.
In all this is one of the best Gibson 1958 Les Paul Reissues we have seen – in terms of colour, high quality build, medium weight, solid neck profile, the beauty of the wood and accuracy of its specs. With the use of 55-year-old manufacturing techniques, Gibson has succeeded in the alchemy of creating a new guitar with the feel of an aged instrument without resorting to the relic process.
Comes in its original Gibson Custom case in excellent condition, along with case candy and its Certificate of Authenticity.
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